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Old 07-09-2019, 07:46 PM   #1
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Perplexing issue maybe electrical

Looking or some help. 2000 Bounder f53 chassis. I had a rebuilt tranny put in a few months ago and everything was good. This past weekend on the way home from a campground the tranny kept bumping from one gear to another and had me worried, When I pulled over I noticed that my battery gauge was not working. I told my wife we would more than likely end up getting towed since the battery wasn't charging. Yes I did check the obvious connections. Well a couple miles down the road the gauge started showing it's normal state. The transmission was shifting perfectly and it was running like a new camper.

I am suspecting a connection between the charging issue and the tranny messing up. Maybe a bad ground connection somewhere? I will be taking it back to the shop, but would like to try to figure out what is happening on my own if possible.

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Old 07-09-2019, 08:18 PM   #2
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What is battery voltage? With and without engine running? Thus will give an indication if the alternator is working.
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Old 07-09-2019, 08:28 PM   #3
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Just taking a shot in the dark here but I would suspect a ground strap between the engine/trans and chassis may not have been reattached and is possibly just laying there making occasional contact.
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What is battery voltage? With and without engine running? Thus will give an indication if the alternator is working.
Not sure yet. I will be checking that tonight if I get out of work on time.
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Sounds like it could be a battery problem. How old is the battery?
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x2 on the ground strap on the transmission. Don't just visually inspect it, give it a tug to be sure that it's not rotted on the inside. Probably 80% of all 12v electrical issues are related to poor ground connections.
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Old 08-26-2019, 05:52 PM   #7
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Found my problem. My ground wire up to the battery disconnect was messed up. I took the quick disconnect completely out and put in a completely new cable. The RV is running like a new one now. No loss of power and no shifting problems.

To those that offered up ideas, thank you. I truly appreciated all the suggestions as to what to look at. I have touched and checked every ground wire I could find.
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